Loudest thing you've heard on stage?

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Loudest thing you've heard on stage?#1
Posted: 1/23/12 at 2:08am
What is the loudest thing you've heard in a live show, whether it be a weapon, instrument, sound system, voice etc.
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Loudest thing you've heard on stage? #2
Posted: 1/23/12 at 2:18am
GHOST: The Musical.
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Loudest thing you've heard on stage? #2
Posted: 1/23/12 at 2:44am
BAD COMPany in concert.... i thought my ears were going to start bleeding.... terrible sound....
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Loudest thing you've heard on stage? #3
Posted: 1/23/12 at 6:25am
Act 2 of "Buddy-The Musical". 3 weeks later my ears were still ringing

The last few lines of the song "The Winner Takes It All" in Mamma Mia on Broadway. Had to cover ears
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Loudest thing you've heard on stage? #4
Posted: 1/23/12 at 9:09am
Pre-show music to Fuerza Bruta. I didn't know if I was going to be able to stay for the show.
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Loudest thing you've heard on stage? #5
Posted: 1/23/12 at 9:49am
Finale of Grand Hotel. The work staff characters come out in grimy clothing, singing, while carrying these big milk crates with tons of metal utensils in them directly downstage. Then they slam them down on the stage with the force of sumo wrestlers...right next to the floor mics. The ensuing sound could be heard on Alpha Centauri. I grabbed my head, covered my earlobes and prayed for the inner earthquake to subside before I was certain it would lead to aneurysm.
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Loudest thing you've heard on stage? #6
Posted: 1/23/12 at 9:56am
Eden Espinosa screaming at me for 2 hours in BKLYN.
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Loudest thing you've heard on stage? #7
Posted: 1/23/12 at 9:57am
The opening steam whistle in the original production of SWEENEY TODD. Scared the crap out of the audience. Maybe the most perfect instant tone-setter I've ever experienced.
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Loudest thing you've heard on stage? #8
Posted: 1/23/12 at 10:04am
Stritch
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Loudest thing you've heard on stage? #9
Posted: 1/23/12 at 10:05am
Tie between the gunshot in the 2009 revival of West Side Story or when I went to see Phantom, the candelabras broke, it sounded a tree falling...
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Loudest thing you've heard on stage? #10
Posted: 1/23/12 at 10:08am
I second the Sweeney Todd factory whistle. Scared the crap out of me as well...even my second viewing when I knew it was coming up- it got me again. Such a terrible sound!
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Loudest thing you've heard on stage? #11
Posted: 1/23/12 at 10:22am
The off-broadway production of Toxic Avenger. Definitely lost some hearing from that horrible sound design.
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Loudest thing you've heard on stage? #12
Posted: 1/23/12 at 10:22am
The entr'acte to Mamma Mia.
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Loudest thing you've heard on stage? #13
Posted: 1/23/12 at 10:44am
Front row at Jersey Boys in London. I could feel my eyeballs jiggling during "Dawn."
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Loudest thing you've heard on stage? #14
Posted: 1/23/12 at 10:56am
LuPone's belch during Anything Goes.
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Loudest thing you've heard on stage? #15
Posted: 1/23/12 at 11:02am
Pretty much the entirety of RENT.
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Loudest thing you've heard on stage? #16
Posted: 1/23/12 at 11:03am
The beginning of Lysistrata Jones.
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Loudest thing you've heard on stage? #17
Posted: 1/23/12 at 11:20am
The one night only collaboration of "Rock of Idiots". Not to be confused with its far quieter counterpart, "Americans of Age".
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Loudest thing you've heard on stage? #18
Posted: 1/23/12 at 11:57am
I agree about the Entr'acte of Mamma Mia! It was so loud and unexpected.
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Loudest thing you've heard on stage? #19
Posted: 1/23/12 at 12:06pm
As for actually during a show, the machine guns used in Tommy were deafening.

I love that Entr'acte for Mamma Mia! I thought it was a pretty clever way to energize the audience while making them shut up at the same time. Always makes me laugh.
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Loudest thing you've heard on stage? #20
Posted: 1/23/12 at 12:13pm
^ That is true. It actually is one of my favorite parts of the cast recording. I just had no better thing to post.
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Loudest thing you've heard on stage? #21
Posted: 1/23/12 at 12:16pm
The machine gun fire in the opening of TOMMY.
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Loudest thing you've heard on stage? #22
Posted: 1/23/12 at 1:04pm
When I saw Hedwig in London. I believe it was Michael Cerveris? It was so loud you had no clue what they were singing. Was not enjoyable. So many people had their hands over their ears.
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Loudest thing you've heard on stage? #23
Posted: 1/23/12 at 1:10pm
The gunshot that ends Gavroche's life in LES MIZ...
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Loudest thing you've heard on stage? #24
Posted: 1/23/12 at 1:37pm
OH lordy, how could I have left this one out...

Whoopi Goldberg letting her frog out on The View.
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